How to sleep cooler this summer without air conditioning?

Experts say the ideal sleeping temperature is around 65 degrees, depending on the person giving or taking a few teeth. However, that’s not easy when you’re without air conditioning in the heat of summer. Even if you open a window, the temperature outside may not be cool enough to give you the relief you’re looking for. Instead of suffering from the heat, consider the 10 tips below to help you sleep cooler and more comfortably.

1. Freeze your sheets and pillowcases

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An hour or two before you go to bed, you throw sheets and pillowcases in the freezer. They don’t come out as stiff as a board, don’t worry. However, they stay ice cold long enough that you can easily fall asleep without feeling overheated.

2. Freeze your socks

Just like freezing your linens, you can also freeze your socks for cooling. Like your fingers, feet and toes are sensitive to temperature changes and play a role in regulating temperature. Keeping your feet cool will help cool the rest of your body.

3. Use a wet towel layer

Place a damp towel on your bed over your sheets to cool your body while you fall asleep. However, I recommend that you put a dry towel under the wet one to avoid soaking your mattress with water, which can damage the foam in your mattress. The towel won’t stay cold all night, but it should stay cool enough to fall asleep.

4. Use fans to your advantage and improvise your AC

Fans are much more energy efficient and economical than an air conditioner. They use about 1% of the electricity AC does. So take advantage of fans and place them strategically in your room. Put a fan next to your bed and put a bowl of ice water in front of it. The ice creates cold air that the fan blows towards you. Then direct a window fan outside to blow out the warm air from your bedroom.

5. do not sleeping naked

You may come across advice on the internet suggesting that you should sleep naked to keep cool. That might work if you’re sleeping cool, but it won’t do much for you if you get sweaty. If you’re feeling hot, it’s helpful to wear lightweight pajamas (such as cotton) that can wick away moisture. Otherwise, your body is free to sweat over your sheets.

6. Consider a cooling mattress

There are many mattresses that trap heat, especially beds made with standard memory foam. A cooling mattress can make a big difference in how comfortable you sleep. It can either provide extra airflow and breathability, or it can actively give your body a cool feeling and divert heat away from you, like Brooklyn Bedding Aurora.

7. Look to cooling sheets, pillows and duvets

If a mattress is out of your budget, you can opt for cooling sheets or pillows for cooling. Look for sheets made of breathable fabric such as organic cotton, linen, or bamboo. Bamboo is great at absorbing sweat and helping you stay cool, and organic cotton wicks away moisture well.

8. Use blackout curtains during the day

Prevent your bedroom from becoming too hot during the day, especially in the summer with blackout curtains. Not only do they keep your bedroom dark, but they can also reflect heat and prevent it from entering your bedroom through the windows.

9. Sleep on the first floor of your house

Unfortunately for people in two-story houses, warm air rises. That means the top floor of your house will be warmer than the bottom floor. So beat the heat a bit by sleeping on the bottom floor of your house if you need relief from the heat.

10. Drink Ice Water Before Bed

Drink a significant amount of water before bed to combat night sweats. Also avoid alcohol before bed as it can promote dehydration, making it harder for your body to regulate its temperature and keep you cooler.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare professional if you have any questions about a medical condition or health goals.